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Vague

Imprecise; uncertain; indefinite.

The term vague is frequently used in reference to a statute written in language that is so indefinite or lacking in precision that an individual of ordinary intelligence is forced to guess at its meaning. Statutes that are vague are ordinarily void on that ground.

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Void for Vagueness Doctrine.

vague

adjective ambiguous, ambiguus, amorphous, blurred, blurry, broad, cloudy, confused, cryptic, dim, doubtful, dubious, dubius, enigmatic, equivocal, evasive, faint, general, ill-defined, impalpable, imprecise, incertus, incomprehensible, indecisive, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, indistinguishable, inexplicit, intangible, mysterious, nebulous, obscure, perplexing, poorly defined, problematical, questionable, shadowy, unclear, undefined, undetermined, unsettled, unsure
Associated concepts: void for vagueness
Foreign phrases: Res est misera ubi jus est vagum et innertum.It is a sorry state of affairs when law is vague and mutable.
See also: allusive, ambiguous, broad, debatable, disputable, dubious, equivocal, evasive, impalpable, imponderable, inapprehensible, inarticulate, incomprehensible, inconspicuous, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, inexact, inexpressive, inscrutable, insubstantial, intangible, nebulous, noncommittal, oblique, obscure, opaque, open-ended, problematic, uncertain, unclear, undecided, undefinable, unspecified
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Both works concern the act of drawing, yet do so with such interesting differences that they reveal two contrasting tendencies in the PreRaphaelite Brotherhood, even at the outset of their campaign to reform British art: a Pre-Raphaelite 'truth-to-nature' literalism in opposition to a vaguer, more suggestive, even visionary, tendency.
Eventually he went on to claim that what he had said to police was vaguer than how it had been reported.
Earlier, he told Sky News: "I made some comment which was very, very, very much vaguer than that.
The agency notes that the country's vaguer demand prospects, coupled with the gradual rebuilding of banking sector's balance-sheet will slow lending and investment growth.
Ahmadi-nejad and other officials have all gotten much vaguer in talking about the shift in recent months.
Erich is vaguer over when these futuristic, computer game-esque recharging zones could appear, but nevertheless, perhaps the time when regulators and politicians need to standardise and create legal frameworks for such things isn't so far off in the future.
Here, the connection between image and theme is vaguer than in her early work, partly because most of these photographs make use of elements that hinder clear definitions and hence diminish the communicative value of what is photographed.
Paths diverge as the comfortable faith of Lax's youth is gradually replaced with a vaguer and less dogmatic spirituality, while Skip, despite his wartime experiences, moves in the opposite direction, becoming first a priest and then a bishop.
Morgan, when he writes that by treating an organization's activities as a rational and technical process, (1) the mechanical figurative system tends to diminish the human aspects of organizations and to ignore the fact that assignments facing organizations are often much more complicated, vaguer and more difficult than the majority of operations executed by machines (Morgan 1997).
The government has been vaguer, however, on how to advance the political process after Netanyahu accepted the principle, albeit with caveats, of the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian state.
The TSA, however, says it has made improvements to its scanning technology, including a "privacy algorithm" that will provide the operator with vaguer outlines of body parts.